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Racism and the United States
Is racism a serious problem? Different views on the problem of racism : an overview / The Economist ; The problem of racism is worse than white America admits / Andrew Stephen ; Today's racial inequalities are a product of America's racial past / Maryann Cusimano Love ; Racism remains a reality in American culture / National Catholic Reporter ; The role of racism in America is overstated / John McWhorter ; Racial inequalities are the product of culture, not racism / Thomas Sowell ; Racism in America is waning / Dan Rodricks -- Is racism institutionalized in society and culture? Racism today is subtle, insidious, and systemic / Charles Quist-Adade ; Racism plays a significant role in promoting economic inequality / Phil Martinez ; Racial disparity in prisons is the result of racism / Glenn C. Loury ; Institutional racism is an invention to stifle dissent / Roger Scruton ; Racism is not the most significant factor in economic inequality / Duncan Currie ; Disparity in prison populations is not the result of racism / Stuart Taylor Jr. -- Is affirmative action effective against racism? Affirmative action : an overview / Michael Bérubé ; Affirmative action is necessary and is not special treatment / Kimberle Crenshaw Affirmative action is a necessary part of the solution to racism / Ellis Cose ; Affirmative action promotes diversity / Mark A. Emmert ; Affirmative action harms minority students / Terry Eastland ; Affirmative action harms minority professionals / Stuart Taylor Jr. ; Affirmative action supports a view of African Americans as victims / Dana White ; Trying to achieve diversity with affirmative action is racist / Jonah Goldberg -- What should be done about racism? Whites and blacks must play a role in eliminating racism / Barack Obama ; Acknowledging feelings about race is a necessary step to ending racism / Bryan N. Massingale ; Having a black president will help to eliminate racism / Alvin Poussaint, interviewed by CNN ; Having a black president will not eliminate racism / Shelby Steele ; Color-blind idealism must be unmasked as denial / Patricia J. Williams ; To end racism, stop focusing on race / Kevin Leininger ; To fight racism whites need to recognize their privilege / Jon Nilson, interviewed by U.S. Catholic ; White guilt does not help end racism / George F. Will.
Dred Scott's revenge : a legal history of race and freedom in America
Slavery comes to the new world -- American slavery -- Ratifying and interpreting the constitution -- Dred Scott and the Missouri compromise -- The Civil War -- Abraham Lincoln and human freedom -- Reconstruction : military rule in the post-Civil War South -- Jim Crow -- The federal government orchestrates racism -- Black education in the South and the end of Jim Crow after Brown v. Board of Education -- The civil rights legislation of the 1960s and afterward -- How Democrats and Republicans use racial rhetoric to get elected -- Justice and law enforcement -- Baseball.
The race card : how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse
Today's race relations," law professor Ford demonstrates, "are more complex and contradictory than those of the unambiguously white supremacist past." In this journey through a political minefield, he examines dubious charges of racism and other kinds of bias, while acknowledging that exaggerated claims can piggyback on real examples of victimization. But the author's tenor is often more eye-catching than eye-opening. He revisits Tawana Brawley, Clarence Thomas, O.J. Simpson and Hurricane Katrina, along with Oprah's Hermes problem, Jay-Z's with champagne and Danny Glover's with New York City cabdrivers. Yet at its core, this book raises probing questions about the extent to which "the extraordinary social and legal condemnation of racism and other social prejudices encourages people to recast what are basically run-of-the-mill social conflicts as cases of bigotry." By analogy, he addresses issues concerning animal liberation, gay marriage, "appearance discrimination," "sex harassment law" and multiculturalism. In delineating the differences between formal discrimination, discriminatory intent and discriminatory effects, Ford also reviews thorny legal cases involving, for example, McDonnell Douglas and Price Waterhouse. Readers all along the political spectrum will find much to please, annoy and provoke thought about the thin "line between invidious discrimination and plan old unfairness." (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Race and ethnicity
Racial classification and ethnic identity: The biology of race / Michael J. Bamshad and Steve E. Olsen -- Biology if not the only determination of race / Kimberly Tallbear -- DNA testing provides a link to the past / John Simons -- Racial identity and politics / Patricia Williams -- Assimilation and Jewish ethnic identity / Ilan Stavans -- -- Race, ethnicity, and the new American landscape: Immigration and intolerance in America's heartland / Stephen G. Bloom -- Asian Americans in the twenty-first century / James Kyung-Jin Lee -- Attitudes toward Muslims after September 11 / Behzad Yaghmaian -- Katrina exposes American racism / Clement Alexander Price -- Race and U.S. institutions: In defense of racial profiling / Michelle Malkin -- Racial profiling is never justified / Cathy Young -- The legacy of disadvantage in the United States / Alan Greenblatt -- The dominance of Asian Americans in higher education / Timothy Egan -- Analyzing White studies courses in college classrooms / The Journal of Blacks in higher education -- -- Race and ethnicity in the arts and media: Reinforcing Colonialist concepts of indigenous peoples / Earl Shorris -- A Latino makes shakespeare his own / Antonio Ocampo-Guzman -- When race-based humor fails / Marty Beckerman -- Reflections on race and ethnic identity: A Korean-American adoptee embraces his identity / Karen Fannning -- Protecting immigrants' rights / Cecilia Munoz -- Organizations of contact -- Bibliography -- Index.
Encyclopedia of race and racism
In his thoughtful introduction editor Moore (anthropology, U. of Florida) explains that the concepts of race and racism are distinct, the former a scientific concept of variations within a species, and the latter the idea that some races are superior to others, a belief that took hold during the 18th and 19th centuries. This three-volume reference addresses both concepts, many of its articles devoted to refuting racist claims with scientific evidence while others discuss the social and psychological motivations and consequences of racist claims that continue to arise. The articles are arranged alphabetically, but an initial thematic outline guides readers to entries relevant to 28 broad topics, among them: African American culture, associations and organizations, children and youth, colonialism, social activism, gender and sexuality, genetic and biological concepts, immigration, and Latino/Hispanic culture, among others. Volume 3 concludes with an annotated filmography, a list of primary sources, selected primary sources, and a subject index. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
How race survived US history : from settlement and slavery to the Obama phenomenon
Author and history professor Roediger (The Wages of Whiteness) takes a provocative look at how white elites in the U.S. have managed race for their own political and economic gain, in the process making it one of the defining features of American life. Only a few decades after Europeans' arrival in America, emerging class tensions were leading indentured servants-white and black-to disaffection and, sometimes, rebellion. By enslaving blacks, and giving poor whites dominating roles as overseers or slave catchers, elite whites quashed the emerging fraternity and gave birth to white supremacy. Since, successive generations-from slave holders to factory managers-have manipulated laborers to keep African Americans at the bottom of the heap, while new waves of immigrants secured the benefits of white privilege by distancing themselves from people of color and assimilating. Taking his history through the Clinton era ("How Race Survived Modern Liberalism"), Roediger includes an afterword on "the Obama Phenomenon," finding yet more questions in the African-American senator's triumphant presidential campaign. This rousing, thought-provoking history illuminates the enveloping 400-year-old history of race in America, and the issues he raises are as relevant as ever. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
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